How to Send All Text Messages as SMS on the iPhone 5

Are you having problems with iMessages going to multiple devices? Or do you share an Apple ID with someone and you keep getting each other’s messages? One easy way to fix this is to simply turn off iMessages on your iPhone 5. That will force every message that you create to be sent as an SMS, and you will receive messages as SMS on your iPhone.

While the flexibility of iMessages can be great for people that have one Apple ID and use it across several of their own Apple devices, it can definitely be problematic for some people. So if you have determined that iMessage simply does not work for the way that you use our iPhone, then our guide below will show you what changes to make so that all of your text messages are sent as SMS.

How to Turn Off iMessage on an iPhone 5 in iOS 8

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 5, using the iOS 8 operating system.

When you are done with the steps in this article, you will have disabled iMessage on your iPhone 5. This means that all of your messages will be sent as SMS. You can read more about the difference between blue messages (iMessages) and green messages (SMS) in this article.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings app

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Messages option.

open the messages menu

Step 3: Touch the button to the right of iMessage to turn it off. You will know that it is turned off when there is not any green shading around the button. For example, iMessage is turned off in the image below.

turn off the imessage option

Would you like to prevent others from being able to see that you have read their iMessages? Read here and learn how to turn off read receipts on your iPhone 5.

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